Saturday, June 23, 2012

Malaysian transvestite singer convicted, fined for having 'female mannerisms'

Malaysia continues its Islamic-inspired campaign to cleanse its corner of Dar al Islam of GLBTs - at least the Muslim GLBTs.

KELANTAN'S famous transvestite dikir barat singer Hafiz Jeffri (pic) appeared at the Syariah High Court dressed in men's attire and a kopiah.

Berita Harian reported that Hafiz, who is also known as Kajol, was hauled up by religious authorities and charged at the Syariah Court with dressing in women's clothing and having feminine mannerisms.

After Hafiz testified that he had repented, Syariah High Court judge Abu Bakar Abdullah Kutty set aside the one-month prison sentence that had been handed down earlier by the Syariah Lower Court.

The judge, however, maintained the RM1,000 (USD 300) fine that had been imposed by the lower court.

Met outside the court, Hafiz said he would try to change his ways as well as reduce his dikir barat performances.

Technically, it's illegal for men to go out in public in women's clothing in Malaysia. 'Reforming' wayward gays and crossdressers is state policy in Malaysia, and is a policy that will be condemned by no Muslim, and not be condemned by any so-called Gay Rights groups.

Islam and freedom of expression do not mix.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Yeah, right: More 'political freedom' for Malaysian university students

Malaysia says university students are now allowed to have more 'political freedom'. Well and good, but those students had better not do anything rash like supporting Israel or criticizing Malaysian mistreatment of non Muslims or criticizing Islam. Remember, the Malaysian government has officially declared that freedom and Islam do not mix. From "Students take advantage of more political freedom" by Tashny Sukumaran, The Star, 16 June 2012:

KUALA LUMPUR: Student activists have wasted no time in taking advantage of the Universities and University Colleges Act (AUKU) 1971 amendments that allow them to engage in political activity.

The newly started Barisan Nasional Youth Volunteers (BNYV) movement is one such outlet, boasting over 400 members despite having been around for just over a month.

The brainchild of Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin, the movement has members as young as 18 and from all ethnic groups and walks of life.

Izzati Aisyah Adnan, a 19-year-old law student, said that joining the movement was "the best choice I've ever made".

A team member, Izzati, said she had a passion for local governance that she was not allowed to express before the amendments were made.

"We can use BNYV to connect and bring our enthusiasm and unique perspectives to the table," she said late Friday night at a tweet-up.

Izzati and a crowd of other members had gathered at NZ Caf in Jalan Ampang for a a tweet-up with Khairy, who engaged with the crowd and answered questions for two hours.

"I'm doing this so we can see a new culture in BN, of your own initiative and intention," he told the rapt audience.

"I want to prove that the youth of this nation can make a difference."

BNYVs will engage in public campaigning, voter education workshops, social work, communications, and even hope to set up voter registration booths for unregistered voters.

25-year-old Loganesh Sivabalan joined to contribute to society.

"The government has done a lot for youths. We have so many energetic youngsters in Malaysia who are interested in politics, and some are influenced by the opposition," he said, criticising the Pakatan Rakyat-led state government for not stepping up to the plate during the recent PTPTN freeze on Selangor-owned university Unisel.

28-year-old Zaidel Baharuddin, who is BNYV's project coordinator, echoed this sentiment, saying that it was a platform for youths to have their political opinions heard.

"Unlike Pakatan Rakyat, we don't hijack the voice of the youth and claim to speak for them. We listen to you," he said.

You can bet that the Malaysian government will be listening. Listening for anyone with unauthorized Islamophobic opinions.

Crossposted at Infidel Bloggers Alliance and Pedestrian Infidel

European bankruptcy looms

What happens when an entire continent finds itself living under a bridge? With Spain teetering on the edge and Greece about to (probably) bail itself out of the Euro zone, so to speak, I think we are about to find out. Not that people like Nigel Farage haven't been trying to warn us for years and years about this slow motion trainwreck. It's just that, despite Farage's eloquence, no one has heeded him. He's doomed to be the political and economic Cassandra of our time.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Another day, another European bailout

A 'stop gap' measure? The EU and its disaster of a currency known as the Euro is nothing but a series of stop gap measures on the road to financial ruin. First it was Greece and its multiple bailouts, which have done little but to delay that country's likely eventual insolvency. Now it's Spain's turn.

Massive bailout for Spain may only be stopgap measure

PARIS -- Euro zone finance ministers rushed Spain into an EU-funded rescue for its debt-stricken banks to pre-empt the threat of a bank run if Greece's debt crisis flares again but any respite for Madrid and the euro may be short-lived.
After weeks of insisting that Spain needed no assistance to recapitalise lenders crippled by bad debts from a burst real estate bubble, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was pushed into requesting an aid package for fear of worse disaster to come, European officials involved in the negotiations said.
The 17-nation currency area agreed to lend Madrid up to 100 billion euros ($125 billion) for its bank rescue fund, more than an initial audit suggests it is likely to need, in an attempt to reassure investors and erect a new firewall in the crisis.
But the euro zone's latest line in the sand, after bailouts for Greece, Ireland and Portugal since 2010, could be swept away as early as next Sunday by angry Greek voters, rekindling market turmoil that would hit Spain and Italy first.
Rajoy said his reforms had spared Spain a full rescue for its public debt but some analysts say the bank aid may only be a prelude to an eventual bailout of the state.
After less than six months in office, the conservative premier is desperate to avoid that stigma, while other European leaders are just as desperate to avoid the cost, which would stretch the euro zone's rescue funds to the limit.
Unicredit chief economist Erik Nielsen said once the banks had been recapitalised, "they have basically addressed the three key weaknesses: banks, regions, and structural weaknesses".
Others are less confident.

Less than confident? No kidding. In a word, 'Europe' is what happens when you run out of other people's money.

Saturday, June 09, 2012